The Anthem Go Outside Festival is connecting outdoor enthusiasts to the things they love.The festival, scheduled for Oct. 14-16 in Roanoke, VA, includes more activities than you can do in three days – camping, biking, boating, races, geocaching, and more. The festival is along the Roanoke River Greenway, the perfect location for testing a new bike, pair of shoes, or even a kayak.What’s unique about Go Fest, now in its sixth year, is that it is not an ordinary sit-in-your-seat kind of event; it is designed to encourage participation and involvement. Festival-goers walk around in the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, touch and try out gear, sample food and drink, listen and dance to live music, and have fun. It’s the type of event where you can come for the day, or bring the tent and stay all weekend.And best of all, admission and demos are free. Plus there will be plenty of live music (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is headlining Saturday night) and food, beverage and craft beer vendors.Go Fest is an easy opportunity to try new activities or test new gear. With a rich mix of outdoor amenities including to 600 miles of trails, 22 miles of urban greenways, 24 rivers and creeks, and 300,000 acres of national forest in the Roanoke Region, there is something for everyone.The event includes some fan favorites such as the Walkabout Outfitter Wild Gear Chase, Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving, Giant Pro Bike Rider Jeff Lenosky, the Keen Lumberjack Show, and Sprint BMX Stunt Pros.Plus, there are a few new things for 2016 including a “VIP glamping” option, silent disco dance party, a children’s strider bike race, and a gran fondo with 28, 66, and 100 mile options.Some of the biggest names in the outdoors industry will be on site with gear for you to test out. Grab a bike, sit in a kayak, or try on a new pair of shoes. And this is top-notch gear. You can take out a bike that retails for $5,000 and ride it out on Mill Mountain or test a pair of new shoes during a group trail run.Pick the brains of experts in hiking, biking, backpacking for the best tips and techniques to make the most of your next outing. If you have been thinking about trying something new, this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of an opportunity to learn. There will be plenty of experts on hand to help you learn to do everything from cast a fly rod to cook over an open flame, or roll a kayak.When you need a break from the action, you’ll have ample opportunity to wind down with plenty of other outdoors-loving people just like you. There’s something for every family member to do with a Kid’s Zone full of activities and leashed dogs are welcome.While the focus of GO Fest is fun, it is a good time to stop and think about the Roanoke Region’s natural assets and how to preserve them for future generations. Learn about outdoor initiatives happening your community, conservation groups, trail building workshops, and opportunities to get involved.Learn more and make plans to come to Go Fest, Oct. 14-16, at www.roanokegofest.com.
A police officer and a child were killed, and 27 people were injured, nine of which are in serious condition, in an attack attributed to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgency, which is under peace negotiations with the Colombian government, a local civil authority reported on February 12. The attack was perpetrated in the town of Miraflores, district of Guaviare, on the evening of February 11. A grenade was thrown and gunfire from assault rifles was shot from the mountains, near a group of firefighters, police officers, and town dwellers that were trying to put out a house fire, Mayor Julio César González told Caracol private radio station. The attack was attributed to the FARC and then detained by police officers stationed in town, who received air military support, he added. The grenade killed a surveillance police officer and a 10-year old child when it exploded, while injuring 27 others, mostly children. Nine of them are in serious condition, and had to be transported by air to the city of Villavicencio, capital of Meta department, located 100 km east of Bogotá, the mayor reported. The FARC, which is the main insurgency group in Colombia with about 8,000 combatants, is holding peace talks with President Santos’s government since last November in Cuba, without a bilateral ceasefire. Santos has requested the military forces “not to lower their guard” against the FARC, and he ordered to increase military actions against the guerrillas, the oldest insurgency in Latin America. By Dialogo February 14, 2013
The 19-year-old made his debut from the bench against Moldova in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley two weeks ago and has explained how England manager Roy Hodgson has given him the incentive of a place in the squad if he continues his form. “I have set my sights on the World Cup,” Barkley said in his first interview with national newspapers. Press Association “It’s a goal for me. It will be hard, but through hard work hopefully I can get on the flight there. “He (Hodgson) told me to keep working hard and keep doing what I have been doing since the start of the season and if there comes a time that, because I am young, I’m on the bench, don’t let your head go down. “He believes in me. He has high hopes for me. He sees me being able to go to Brazil if I keep progressing as I have done since the start of the season.” However, Barkley, who joined Everton aged 11, has been advised to stay at Goodison Park for the development of his career by the captain of the club’s biggest rivals – Steven Gerrard. Barkley was sent out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds while David Moyes was in charge at Everton, but he is now back in the fold and has secured a regular starting spot under new Toffees manager Roberto Martinez. Barkley said: “He (Gerrard) told me I’m from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better. “He’s done that throughout his career. He said playing is the main thing, going to another team and not playing would be no good for my development. “I was a bit star-struck when I first joined up but Steven was good to me when I was away. I sat next to him on the coach and he gave me loads of advice. “He said the big hitters are going to be looking at me but the main thing for me is to stay with the club I’m at, the team I support and love, which is Everton.” Ross Barkley might be at the start of his England career but the Everton midfielder is setting his sights on playing in next summer’s World Cup.
MASON CITY — Newman picked up a couple of wins on the baseball field on Wednesday, but not before a scare in their second game of the day. After beating West Fork in Sheffield in the afternoon 12-2, the Knights needed 12 runs in the final couple of innings to beat Forest City at home 15-12. The Indians jumped out with an eight-run top of the first and led 11-3 after four innings. Newman used a 10-run fifth and pushed across two more in the sixth to get the win. Jacob Schutt had four runs batted in and came in in relief to pick up the win on the mound, pitching three innings. Newman is now 29-3 and finishes the conference season with a 14-1 record. The Knights travel to Cedar Falls tonight. CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake scored multiple runs in all but one inning as they beat Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 17-7 in six innings in a Class 3A Region 4 quarterfinal round softball contest, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. The Lions scored twice in the first and third innings, four times each in the second and fourth, and finished the game with a five-run sixth inning. Julia Merfeld was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, Sara Faber and Kaylee Nosbich were both 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Bella Parker was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Clear Lake improves to 10-14 on the season and will travel to Waterloo on Friday to face 6th-ranked Columbus, who beat Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 11-1 in five innings last night. On the other side of the 3A Region 4 bracket, New Hampton used an eight-run sixth inning to beat Forest City 12-6, while Iowa Falls-Alden needed an extra inning to beat Hampton-Dumont-CAL 8-5 in a game played in Clear Lake. HAMPTON — Hampton-Dumont-CAL rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Clear Lake 4-3 in eight innings last night in North Central Conference baseball played in Hampton. Dustin Miller’s single pushed across Lucas Smith in the bottom of the eight for the deciding run. Chase Stuver was 2-for-4 with a run batted in for the Lions, who drop to 13-13 overall and 8-5 in the conference. Clear Lake travels to Iowa Falls-Alden tonight before hosting Waverly-Shell Rock on Friday. MASON CITY — The Mason City High baseball team dropped a doubleheader at home to Dowling on Wednesday night. Dowling took the opener 6-3. Ben Pederson had two hits and three runs batted in for Mason City. Pederson socked a solo homer in the nightcap while Dylan Miller had three RBI but the Mohawks fell 11-4. Mason City drops to 22-13 and will travel to Ankeny Centennial on Monday night. CHICAGO (AP) — Odyssey Sims hit the go-ahead jumper with 6.4 seconds to play and finished with 16 points in the Minnesota Lynx’s 73-72 victory over the Chicago Sky. Sylvia Fowles added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota. She has 156 career double-doubles, one shy of the WNBA record set by Lisa Leslie. == Class 2A Region 5#8 Central Springs 11, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0North Union 10, Sioux Central 0East Sac County 7, Emmetsburg 1South Central Calhoun 7, Manson-Northwest Webster 0 == other 1A Region 8 gamesNorth Butler 11, Nashua-Plainfield 1Bishop Garrigan 11, Northwood-Kensett 1 == Class 2A Region 7St. Ansgar 8, Dike-New Hartford 0Osage 11, Sumner-Fredericksburg 8Hudson 6, Grundy Center 3#1 North Linn 12, Aplington-Parkersburg 0 == Class 2A Region 1East Marshall 10, Belmond-Klemme 0 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining to match an offer sheet to Tyus Jones. That clears the way for the 6-foot-2 guard to join the Memphis Grizzlies. ESPN had reported that Jones and the Grizzlies had agreed to a three-year offer sheet worth $28 million. Jones averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 assists and 22.9 minutes for the Timberwolves this past season. CLEAR LAKE — Doug Munn has been promoted to be Clear Lake High School’s next wrestling coach. Munn has been an assistant coach in the program for several years and has coached wrestling at various other schools before coming to Clear Lake. Munn replaces Mike Lester, who recently was named as the principal at Clear Lake Middle School. Munn will be assisted by Evan Johnson and Brad Brosdahl. MASON CITY — Newman used a seven-run second inning as the catalyst for a 12-0, four inning win over Rockford last night in a Class 1A Region 8 quarterfinal round softball game, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Leah Martinez had five runs batted in while Paige Leininger had four runs batted in and picked up the win in the circle, not allowing a hit and striking out six. Newman improves to 21-13 on the season and will travel to face 6th-ranked AGWSR on Friday, who edged St. Edmond 2-1 last night. MASON CITY — Tonight in Class 4A Region 3, Mason City hosts Waverly-Shell Rock in a regional quarterfinal round contest. The Mohawks are 16-21 on the season while the Go-Hawks are 5-26. You can hear this game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game at about 6:50 with the first pitch starting at 7 o’clock. — other baseball last nightBelmond-Klemme 8, West Bend-Mallard 7Charles City 11, Saint Ansgar 2 TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Class 4A regional softball — Mason City vs. Waverly-Shell Rock — 7:00